If you cook then, like me, you probably have a plethora of cookbooks. I have 3 cookbooks that are my "go to" books for recipes. It is those books that I turn to when I am searching for an old family recipe or just want to make some good ole' comfort food like Mom used to make. The first one I turn to is the book my Mom put together for me with all of her recipes in it. Most things she made out of her head so some of the recipes are a little sketchy. Unlike my sister, I cook a lot so I too just know those things that Mom left out. My sister doesn't, hence why she cooked a pumpkin pie for 4 hours this past year at Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pies are baked at a high temperature first and then turned down for the remainder of the cooking time. Evidently Mom left this part out!
(click photo to enlarge)When all else fails I turn to an old Betty Crocker book that my Mom gave me. It is worn and tattered, but still has great recipes.
I always have somewhere to turn for just the right recipe for the occasion to make a wonderful meal to be proud of.
It would be so much easier if they made a cookbook for life with recipes telling us exactly what to do. Maybe I could have found the recipe to cure TJ's cancer in that book. If not, then maybe I could find the recipe to expedite the grief process. Throughout my life I have had so many problems that possibly could have been better dealt with had I been able to find the perfect recipe.
But, as many cooks know...It is the recipes you create yourself that are the best.
The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. ~ Anthelme Brillat-Savarin